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List of Members (in alphabetical order)

Odile AmmannAssociate Professor
Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration, University of Lausanne

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Research interests: 
Constitutional law, administrative law, international law, legal theory, lobbying, political representation and domestic lawmaking processes
DemocracyNet Treasurer 2018-2021
Hans AsenbaumPostdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance, University of Canberra

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Research interests: Theories and empirical study of participatory, deliberative, and radical democracy
DemocracyNet social media management 2017-2020
Johannes BeschPhD Researcher
Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

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Research interests:
Legislator dissent, party factionalism, personalization of politics, populist parties
Palmo BrunnerPhD Researcher
Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

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Research interests: Diaspora politics, transnationalism and integration, mobilization and contentious politics, social networks, transnational repression, policy analysis and public health
DemocracyNet Managing Board member 2018-2022; social media management, DPDS contact person 2018-2022
Dimitri CourantPhD Researcher and Graduate Assistant
University of Lausanne (IEPHI-LAGAPE) and University Paris 8 (CRESPPA-CSU)
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Research interests: Sortition, lottery, representation, deliberation, participation, democratic innovations, political sociology, political theory
DemocracyNet social media management 2018-2022
Alix d’AgostinoDoctoral Researcher
Chair of Democracy and Public Governance, University of Zurich

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Research interests:
Policy design, advocacy coalition framework (ACF), environmental policy
Alice el-WakilPostdoctoral Researcher
Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” & Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz
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Research interests: Normative political theory, democratic theory, democratic innovations, popular vote processes (referendums and initiatives), representation, agenda-setting
DemocracyNet president 2016-2020; webpage management 2016-2022
Christian EwertPostdoctoral Researcher
Chair of Democracy and Public Governance, University of Zurich

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Research interests: Transnational regulation, global governance, privatization, hybridization, accountability, content analysis, (critical) discourse analysis
DemocracyNet Working paper series editor 2019-2020; Managing Board member 2019-2020
 
Dannica FleussPostdoctoral Researcher
Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg; Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

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Research interests: Political theory, political philosophy with a focus on deliberative democracy, measurement of deliberative quality, radical democracy, relationship of deliberative and poststructuralist approaches, political psychology
DemocracyNet calendar management 2020-2022
Giada GianolaPhD Researcher
Institute of Political Science, University of Bern

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Research interests:
Democracy, digital democracy, (online) deliberation, parties, quantitative methods
Nargiz HajiyevaPhD Researcher, International Relations Officer at International Cooperation Department, and Lecturer at International School of Economics (ISE)
Azerbaijan State University of Economics

Currently Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship fellow at St. Gallen University
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Research interests: International security and foreign policy issues, energy security, cultural and political history, global political economy and international public law, EU energy policy, migration policy and related fields
Lea HeynePostdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
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Research interests: Comparative politics, quality of democracy, political attitudes, democratic citizenship
DemocracyNet President 2020-2022; DemocracyNet Vice-President 2016-2018; network’s coordinator 2016-2018
Lea Heyne
Deborah Kalte
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Zurich / Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau

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Research interests: Political consumerism, lifestyle politics, political participation
DemocracyNet Managing Board member 2018-2022; calendar manager 2018-2020; DPDS contact person 2018-2022; DemocracyNet Treasurer 2021-2022
Libby MamanPhD Researcher
Federmann School of Public Policy and Government, The Hebrew University

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Research interests: Quality of democracy, regulatory design, democratic theory, public administration
Azucena MoranPhD Researcher and Research Associate
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam

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Research interests:
Participatory and radical democracy, subalternity and the counter-public sphere, politics of oppression and deliberation as emancipation
Henri-Pierre MottironiPostdoctoral Researcher
University of Lausanne, Institut d’études politiques, historiques et internationnales, Centre Walras Pareto
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Research interests: History of political thought, contemporary political theory, democratic theory, democratic practice, representation
DemocracyNet Working paper series editor 2020-2022; Vice-President 2018-2020; network’s coordinator 2018-2020
Daniel MususaPre-doctoral Researcher
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Research interests: Youth and democracy, elections, deliberative democracy, active citizenship, community security, service delivery and accountability, corruption
Sarah PerryPhD Researcher
Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim
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Research interests: Identity, effective and democratic political performance
DemocracyNet ResearchGate accounts management 2018-2022
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Lukas PeterPostdoctoral Researcher
University of St-Gallen
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Research interests: Democratic theory, philosophy of freedom, philosophy of economics, property rights
DemocracyNet Treasurer 2016-2018; Managing Board member 2016-2020; Webmaster 2019-2022
Lukas Peter
Laetitia RameletPostdoctoral Researcher and Fellow of the Foundation “Stiftung Wissenschaftliche Politikstipendien” 2020-21
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Research interests: Political consent, legitimacy, authority, history of political thought, political theory, early modern political philosophy
Jan-Erik RefleLecturer, University of Lausanne; Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford, DPIR
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Research interests: Democracy, democratization, social movements, network analysis, framing, outcomes,  qualitative and quantitative methods, peacekeeping, Africa, Middle East, mobilization, political identities
Jonathan RinnePhD Researcher, Research and Teaching Fellow
Democratic Innovations Research Unit, Goethe-University Frankfurt

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Research interests: Democratic innovations, democratic theory, citizen participation
Olivier RuchetPhD Researcher
University of Zurich

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Research interests: Democratic theory, radical democracy, contemporary political theory, European Union
DemocracyNet Managing Board member 2020-2022
Victor Sanchez-MazasPhD Researcher
Insitute of Citizenship Studies, University of Geneva
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Research interests: Democratic theory, deliberative democracy, participatory mechanisms
Martha SandovalPhD Researcher
University of Zurich
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Research interests: Democratic institutions, representation, participation, democratic innovations, direct democracy, democratic theory, Latin America
Antoinette ScherzPostdoctoral Fellow
Department of Public and International Law, Oslo University
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Research interests: International political theory, institutional design, legitimacy, democratic theory and the concept of peoples
DemocracyNet co-coordination 2011-2016
Antoinette Scherz
Maximilian SchubigerPhD Researcher, Assistant and editor at the Année Politique Suisse
University of Bern, Institut für Politikwissenschaft
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Research Interests: Direct democracy (in Switzerland), democratic theories, legitimacy, political rights, checks and balances
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Arno StirnimannPhD Researcher
University of Zurich

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Research interests: Political theory (realism), history of political thought (early-modern theories of the state), political ethics (dirty hands theory), state secrecy in liberal democracies
Michael StrebelPostdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Political Studies at the University of Lausanne
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Research interests: Public opinion, urban politics, multilevel governance, democratic legitimacy, comparative politics
DemocracyNet mailing list 2017-2022; member management 2018-2022
Chiara ValsangiacomoPhD Researcher
Doctoral Program Democracy Studies, University of Zurich

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Research interests:
Democratic theory, liquid democracy
DemocracyNet Vice-President 2020-2022; network coordinator 2020-2022
Francesco VeriPostdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

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Research interests: 
Democratic innovations, deliberative democracy, direct democracy, set theory and fuzzy logic applied to social science
Simone WegmannPostdoctoral Researcher
University of Postdam
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Research interests: Comparative politics, parliamentary institutions, democratization, political attitudes, human rights regimes
DemocracyNet new membership manager 2016-2022
Rebecca WelgeDr. sc. ETH Zurich, Researcher, Lecturer, Trainer for Citizenship Education
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Research interests: Citizenship and political rights, democratic governance, perceptions of democracy, knowledge transfer, education about/for/through democracy
DemocracyNet founder and coordinator 2011-2016; Managing Board member 2016-2018; webpage creation and administrative management 2011-2020
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Managing Board 2020-2022

Lea Heyne (President)
Chiara Valsangiacomo (Vice-president)
Odile Ammann (Treasurer)
Henri-Pierre Mottironi (Working Paper Series Editor)
Palmo Brunner, Alice el-Wakil, Deborah Kalte, Olivier Ruchet

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